The prestigious Thomas and Uber Cup are set to be held in Aarhus, Denmark between 3rd and 11th October 2020. The BWF has issued SOPs for ensuring safety of all athletes, staff and officials. Countries like Chinese Taipei and Thailand, however, have withdrawn from the event. India has been handed a favourable draw this year.
Earlier, India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu had opted out of the Uber cup due to personal reasons. She had cited having a ‘puja’ at home for which her presence was required.
The BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma spoke to Sindhu and persuaded her to participate in the prestigious event for the country. The 25-year-old badminton player has given consent. The family function will be preponed and she will travel to Denmark two days after the rest of the contingent. PV Sindhu’s presence will be a great boost to the Indian contingent and increase chances of a winning a medal
“It’ll be a great encouragement to youngsters and the exposure they’ll gain from this. President said as a role model and a reputed player, Sindhu can encourage players. Everybody likes Sindhu and she has always played for the country – singles, doubles both. We should also respect a request when it comes from the BAI head. We’ll do the puja over 27th, 28th because her presence is specifically needed. Then after a day’s rest, she can travel. She’ll be tested once before leaving and on her arrival,” PV Ramanna, Sindhu’s father said.
India, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, France, Netherlands, Germany, England, Algeria, Canada, Scotland, Egypt, Spain, and South Korea have all indicated their participation for the Thomas and Uber Cup 2020.
India’s is grouped with China, France and Germany in the Uber Cup.